March 3, 2013

Eleven Players Score in Blowout Victory for St. Joe's

from press release

CLINTON, S.C. - Led by a 10-0 run to start the game, the women's lacrosse team downed Presbyterian, 18-5, on Sunday afternoon in Clinton, S.C. at Old Bailey Stadium. Led again by the consistent offensive spark of graduate student Meghan McDevitt and junior midfielder Val Paolucci, 11 Hawks scored at least one goal each in the win as SJU improves to 3-1 on the season.

For the second straight game, sophomore midfielder Julia Falcone came through in a big way as her back-to-back goals (29:10, 25:47) set a tone for the Hawks through the remainder of both the half and the game.

McDevitt and Paolucci followed suit with their first two goals of the game to extend SJU's lead, 4-0.

Then, in a time frame of just under six minutes, the Hawks exploded for six more goals, capped by freshman midfielder Courtney Emanuele's first of her college career with 9:55 remaining in the first half.

Presbyterian (0-5) added its only goal of the half with 4:13 remaining, but sophomores Hallie Pickard and Gianna Minutillo netted one goal apiece in the final minute to give the Hawks a demanding 12-1 lead heading into the second half.

Trailing 14-1 at the 22:13 mark, the Blue Hose scored three consecutive goals, two from the stick of Kelsey Rupsch, to close the deficit to 10, but the Hawks would add four more of their own goals, their second-to-last off the stick of freshman attack Bonnie McShane for her first collegiate goal, to seal the 18-5 victory.

In addition to her three goals, McDevitt also led both teams with three assists while Paolucci was good for two assists. Pickard and Minutillo added two goals each for the Hawks.

On the defensive end, junior Allison Heath picked up a team-high three ground balls while junior midfielder Abby Ananian, who scored a goal mid-way through the first half, registered an impressive five draw controls.

The Hawks received contributions from all three goalkeepers on the afternoon. FreshmanGenevieve Giblin got the start between the pipes for the second straight game and allowed just one goal in 30 minutes of action for the win. Senior Alisha Aquilino and sophomore Nora McGeever worked toward a strong second-half outing, allowing just four goals combined.

For the game, Saint Joseph's outshot Presbyterian 26-13 and held a 14-10 advantage in draw controls. The Hawks were also 17-of-18 in clear attempts and an impressive 7-of-8 in free position shots compared to the Blue Hose's 1-of-2 from the eight meter.

Saint Joseph's returns to action this Tuesday, March 5, at Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. The inaugural meeting between the Hawks and the Fighting Camels is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Barker-Lane Stadium. In its inaugural season, Campbell is 1-1 having defeated Kennesaw State and fallen to Longwood.


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